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      Williams Report - January 14, 2016

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | January 14, 2016

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      Williams Report - November 3, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 3, 2015

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      Williams Report - September 29, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | September 29, 2015

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      Williams Report - September 8, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | September 8, 2015

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      Williams Report - August 12, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 12, 2015

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    • Research

      Look Out For These Pension Gimmicks

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito, Bob Williams | April 15, 2015

      States have a few tricks up their sleeves to hide true pension liabilities.

    • Research

      E-Cigarettes Poised to Save Medicaid Billions

      State Budget Solutions | by J. Scott Moody | March 31, 2015

      Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have only been around since 2006, yet their potential to dramatically reduce the damaging health impacts of traditional cigarettes has garnered significant attention and credibility. 

    • Research

      Federal Aid to States Dips Slightly, But Remains High

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | February 17, 2015

      Money from the federal government still generates over 30% of the general revenue in the majority of states.

    • Headlines

      State Budget Shortfalls Update - January 28, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | January 28, 2015

      State Budget Solutions is tracking the budget shortfalls, as reported by government agencies and governors in every state. Some of these deficits are immediate problems, while others are long term problems that need to be tackled sooner than later.

    • Research

      Promises Made, Promises Broken 2014: Unfunded Liabilities Hit $4.7 Trillion

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | November 12, 2014

      State Budget Solutions' latest research reveals that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion, up from $4.1 trillion in 2013. Overall, the combined plans' funded status has dipped three percentage points to 36%. Split among all Americans, the unfunded liability is over $15,000 per person. 

       


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    • Budget timeline: Annual  

      Fiscal Year starts: July 1

      The current state budget can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

       

      UT Gov. Herbert

      Gov. Gary Herbert
      Office of Governor Gary R. Herbert
      State Capitol
      Suite 200
      Salt Lake City, UT 84114
      Phone: (801) 538-1000
      Fax: (801) 538-1557
      http://www.utah.gov/governor/

       

       

      Ron Bigelow, Executive Director
      Governor's Office of Planning & Budget
      State Capitol, Room 116
      Salt Lake City, UT 84114
      Phone (801) 538-1027
      Fax (801) 538-1547
      http://www.governor.utah.gov/gopb/ 
      ronbigelow@utah.gov 

       

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities

       

      Utah is required to pass a "balanced budget." Article 13, Section 9 of the 1895 Constitution states that expenditures shall not exceed total revenues. Section 63-38-10(3) requires the governor to reduce the budgetary allotments and transfer of funds by the amount of the revenue deficiency. These provisions did not prevent the State from reporting budget deficits (negative net transactions) on the last three years' Budgetary Comparison Schedules. Utah law also forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

       

      For FY2007, the State maintains the following funds: the General Fund, the Education Fund, the Uniform School Fund, the Transportation Fund, the Transportation Investment Fund, and the Trust Lands Fund. The State also maintains a number of non-major governmental funds, but the exact amount is unclear. For FY2006, the state maintains all of the previously named governmental funds except for the Education Fund. For FY2005, the State maintains the following funds: the General Fund, the Uniform School Fund, Transportation Fund, the Centennial Highway Fund, and the Trust Lands Fund.

       

      Each year, Utah budgets all of its major governmental funds, except for the Trust Lands Fund. Utah's CAFR also contains detail schedule of expenditures for all of its budgetary funds. In other states this has lead to confusion and the double counting of information. However, Utah's detail schedules are labeled clearly.  [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

      Find the state's bond ratings here.

       

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Adult Probation

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012
    • Solutions

      Solutions to the public pension crisis

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 1, 2012

      Public pensions at the state and municipal levels are unsustainable in their current form.  State Budget Solutions' recent study by Andrew Biggs found that public pensions are underfunded by $4.6 trilion. Here we offer solutions to the pension crisis

    • Solutions: Utah

      File Subsidies: If you don't build it, they'll still come

      The Sutherland Institute | November 3, 2011

      The state should stop offering targeted tax subisidies to favored film companies and in stead reduce taxes for all businesses to help level the playing field and promote economic growth.

    • Solutions: Utah

      Utah: A Case Study for Pension Reform

      Defined contributions are a potential solution to states' unsustainable pension liabilities.

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      Williams Report - September 29, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | September 29, 2015

      Join us on Twitter by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSbob.

    • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina , Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, California, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas, Utah

      Williams Report - September 8, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | September 8, 2015

      Join us on Twitter today, by following @StateBudgets and using the hashtag #SBSbob!

    • Look Out For These Pension Gimmicks

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito, Bob Williams | April 15, 2015

      States have a few tricks up their sleeves to hide true pension liabilities.

    • Promises Made, Promises Broken 2014: Unfunded Liabilities Hit $4.7 Trillion

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | November 12, 2014

      State Budget Solutions' latest research reveals that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion, up from $4.1 trillion in 2013. Overall, the combined plans' funded status has dipped three percentage points to 36%. Split among all Americans, the unfunded liability is over $15,000 per person. 

       

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      Williams Report - October 20, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | October 20, 2014

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington

      Williams Report - September 15, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | September 15, 2014

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

    • Fitch: State pension plans' funding climbs in 2013 despite low contributions

      Pensions & Investments | by Rob Kozlowski | May 15, 2014

      While the funding ratios of U.S. state defined benefit pension plans improved in fiscal year 2013, significant challenges remain, according to a Fitch Ratings report.

    • Richard Ravitch: State fiscal crises aren't over

      Newsday | by Michael Gormley | April 25, 2014

      Former Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who helped New York City escape bankruptcy 40 years ago, warned Wednesday that the fiscal crisis isn't over in New York and other states, despite election year plans to cut taxes and spend more.

    • Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.


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